Partnership Stories Archived: 2010
The Endangered Species Program works formally and informally with a large variety of groups and individuals to further species conservation. Partnerships for protecting and recovering endangered and threatened species have been established between the Endangered Species Program and other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service programs, other federal agencies, state governments, private landowners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and American Indian tribes.
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Host: Dave Harrelson with Chuck Sexton, Balcones Canyonlands NWR
Located in the Texas Hill Country, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge offers some of the best birdwatching and habitat left in Texas for two endangered songbirds–the black-capped vireo and the golden-cheeked warbler.
Florida Manatee (07:39)
Host: Dave Harrelson with Ivan Vicente, Crystal River NWR
The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, was established in 1983 specifically for the protection of the endangered Florida manatee. This unique refuge preserves the last unspoiled and undeveloped habitat in Kings Bay, which forms the headwaters of the Crystal River.
Host: Sarah Leon with Rand French
Thanks to a conservation partnership involving private landowners, the oil and gas industry and a slew of federal conservation agencies, Endangered Species Act protection may be unnecessary for the lesser prairie chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) and its neighbor, the sand dune lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus)—two candidates for listing.
Host: Sarah Leon with JT Dabbs
Things are looking up for the federally endangered Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis), thanks in part to the Boy Scouts of America. In 2007, the Scouts enrolled in a Safe Harbor Agreement under which they agreed to several land management activities meant to help restore habitat for the toad on their Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop County.